How To Make Christmas More Spiritual

We celebrate the genuine meaning of Christmas when we approach it in an attitude of humility and thankfulness for Jesus.

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What is Christmas spiritually?

Christmas is more than just a day for exchanging gifts; it is a time for joy and giving. It's a selfless time, where we forgive, take stock of what's important, and become ‘better' versions of ourselves. The spirit of Christmas is in the ‘togetherness,' it's in the thought to which you put into thinking about others, it's a selfless time, where we forgive, take stock of what's important, and become ‘better' versions of ourselves.

How do you get into the Christmas spirit in 2021?

Some folks have little trouble getting into the Christmas spirit; others require some motivation.

But it is the most magical time of the year, and discovering your festive side just adds to the joy.

If you're looking for some inspiration for how to make the most of Christmas in 2021, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Make Everyday Items Festive

Decorating your home and putting up your Christmas tree are two of the most obvious ways to get into the holiday spirit. But what if you don't have many decorations to work with?

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Replacing daily things with seasonal ones is an easy way to start feeling joyful.

A trip to your local home goods store (such as Homesense or Marshalls) will provide you with plenty of inspiration.

Change out your hand soaps, pillow covers, coffee mugs, tea towels, bath towels, and even your phone case (nothing screams the holidays like the aroma of peppermint).

Decorate with Elements of Nature

You may not have had the opportunity to gather a large amount of holiday decor yet, but fear not: there is a simple and environmentally friendly way to spread holiday pleasure.

You may make your own dried orange garland (which will also leave your home smelling fresh) or go to your local greenhouse to pick up some living garland to fill your home with the festive scent of pine trees.

Go on a Neighbourhood Lights Tour

Make your favorite hot beverage, wrap yourself in a scarf, and go for a walk around your neighborhood.

I enjoy strolling around some of my city's more historic neighborhoods to see the enormous brick houses decked out in wreaths and garland during the holidays.

And, if your city is anything like mine, there may be a street or two that is recognized for being exceptionally decked out with lights and Christmas decorations, which will put you in the holiday spirit!

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It's also a terrific method to obtain ideas for your personal holiday decorations on the outside of your house. Anyone who walks by your front door will be greeted with holiday cheer!

Plan a Christmas Craft Day

A Christmas crafting day is one of the finest ways to get into the holiday mood, whether you want to make DIY gifts or just some house decor.

Put on a few holiday movies or listen to Christmas music while you DIY to your heart's content.

Make a no-sew holiday pillow, knit decorations, a trendy Christmas wreath, or a simple boho ornament!

Check out our DIY area for even more ideas and DIY roundups for the holidays!

Bake Holiday Treats

Around the holidays, no one ever says no to a few extra treats. Baked goods are a terrific and budget-friendly way to offer something modest to a variety of people in your life.

To add an extra wonderful touch, package them in charming small Christmas tins. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to try this season:

Take Extra Time With Wrapping and Cards

Don't wrap your gifts until the night before Christmas. With a drink of wine in hand, a candle lighted, and a holiday movie on the TV, wrapping can be a lot of fun.

Make your own cards or present tags with our watercolour seasonal series or take your wrapping to the next level with these cute wrapping ideas.

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Dress the Part

When it comes to Christmas attire, there are a plethora of possibilities. Wear warm sweaters, leggings, and toques to go apres-ski.

Alternatively, you may go all out with sequins, glitter, velvet, and holiday-themed manicures.

And if you want to take your holiday look to the next level, try one of these incredible holiday hairstyles!

Have a Christmas Cocktail Night

The holidays can be extremely hectic, and you may not always have a choice about where you travel or who you see.

Invite your closest friends to come and join you in getting into the Christmas spirit early in December (we recommend the first weekend).

Encourage your guests to dress up for the occasion and provide a magical selection of beverages, such as hot toddies, Christmas mojitos, sugar cookie martinis, winter sangria, and whatever else you can think of!

Shop for Loved Ones

One of the most enjoyable things of the holidays is giving gifts, and guess what? It doesn't have to be a difficult situation.

To discover that special piece, go to a local holiday market, or if there aren't any in your area, look for unusual products from small businesses on platforms like Etsy.

We recently put together a list of the top gifts for artists in 2022 if your significant someone is a creative!

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If you're on a budget or just want to present something with a little extra consideration, DIY gifts are a terrific option.

You can make apparel (socks and hats), decor (pillows and framed paintings), or even something unique to their family – like this cute door mat!

How will you celebrate this unique time of year? There are so many ways to embrace your inner Christmas spirit – how will you do so?

Why do I not feel the Christmas spirit?

Christmassy, on the other hand, isn't technically a feeling. What is it, and why are so many of us concerned when we don't ‘feel' Christmas?

‘What our brain evaluates is the gap between how pleased we expected to be and how happy we actually are,' she continues. We enhance our expectations of happiness by over-anticipating Christmas and hence feel less delighted than we thought.

Riddell also claims that “when we make meaning of events, we lose the emotional intensity” – a notion echoed by Krystine Batcho, a psychology professor at Le Moyne College and creator of the Nostalgia Inventory Test, a tool for determining how strongly people feel nostalgic.

‘Christmas has gained false expectations of magical ideals based on our childhood experiences,' says Krystine, noting that childhood myths about Santa and magic helped us to suspend reality at Christmastime.

‘As adults, we know we'll never be able to experience those wonderful feelings and beliefs again… It's no surprise, however, that many people are dissatisfied when the promise of Christmas isn't fulfilled.'

How is Christmas spirit spread?

Our daughter enjoys cooking for the needy once a month. There are always volunteer opportunities in your town. Look for a church that offers outreach programs and ask for references to places where you can volunteer.

Giving is a wonderful way to spread the holiday cheer. There are many ministries that do this, but if you know someone personally, why not just buy something for them and leave it in a box on their porch without a note?

Visit an Elderly Person Your Family Knows

We are fortunate to attend a church with a large number of senior citizens.

They appreciate how much we enjoy just sitting and visiting with them in our fast-paced culture. The highlight of our time together is hearing about their childhood and challenges.

You might be astonished with how much spirit just one item can provide for you and them!

Invite Your Friends, Family and Neighbors to Church

I'm constantly reminded that I don't do enough to share His delight with others. Christmas is the ideal time to invite friends and family to church because it is the one time of year when Christ is remembered. Even the hardest of hearts can be softened by the season alone.

Did you know that the majority of individuals who don't go to church would be willing to go if they knew where to go or felt welcomed?

Acknowledge Those that Keep Christ in Christmas

Every year, our family participates in a Nativity Scavenger Hunt (I share the printable for free). A reader emailed me to say that they had a custom of exhibiting a manger, or nativity scene, to honor people who maintain Christ in Christmas. She was gracious enough to allow me to share this concept with you.

For you to continue this lovely tradition with your own family, I produced a free printable! Here's where you can get yours: Christ in Christmas!

Finally, individuals are the ones that carry the Christmas spirit, and it is our obligation to display the love, joy, and peace that make this season so unique.

The more we do for others during this season and throughout the year, the brighter His light will shine.

What is the true Christmas message?

In pure hearts, God dwells. Man to man, and God to man, is bound by love. He imbues sinners with heavenly nature. Christmas is that knowledge – it is not a ceremony, but rather a reality and revelation. Jesus came to seek and redeem the sinner, to heal the brokenhearted, to destroy demonic deeds, and to establish his kingdom of peace and joy on earth, where there is enmity, turbulence, and division.

The angel Gabriel delivered the good news of his birth to lowly shepherds first. The Good Shepherd and the Light of the World are Jesus. Man's dread is banished by Christmas. True Christmas is about being personal, believing, following, and sharing God's eyewitness testimony. Lust, mammon, power, and earthly places make man restless because they are the tools of the devil, man's and God's adversary. Giving, not snatching, is the spirit of the season. Simple shepherds bowed and worshipped their Chief Shepherd in front of the baby in the manger, wrapped in swaddling garments. Their joyous yells were ineffective in rousing people around from their rest on that calm night.

The wise men of the East were brought to their king by the dazzling Star of Bethlehem, which guided them for two years. They may have appeared silly to the rest of the world, but their life's trek was successful. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh were symbolic of their revelation of God. It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. Many people may overlook the true meaning of Christmas and God's love for the poor and afflicted amid the fun and frolic of short-lived celebrations. The message of Christmas is that God's plan and purpose will be realized wherever there is hope, love, light, and life.